Tuesday, August 27, 2013

{january}

I was talking to a friend the other day about the things that I don't talk about on this blog. I know some people lay everything out there for the whole internet to know about, but I've had too many instances of complete strangers coming up to me and telling me that they recognize me from here for me to be completely transparent. I don't go to the mall to have heart-to-hearts with the ladies on duty at Aldo. I have close friends and family for that. I also have another blog, set to private, for that. (Surprise.)

There are times, though, for being a little more open than you're comfortable with. I feel like this might be one of those times. I made a little video instead of trying to type it all out, but YouTube's embed feature is giving me grief today, so you'll have to click here to watch it. (Make sure to watch in full screen; it'll be easier on your eyes.)

74 comments:

  1. What a beautifully wrapped up piece of truth. Thanks for being so transparent here! And I am so, so HAPPY for you two.

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  2. HOLY CRAP THIS IS THE MOST AWESOME VIDEO I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.

    So happy for you three.

    :)

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    1. Hahahaha, you're so hilarious. Thank you lots. :)

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  3. Oh my goodness!!!
    Congratulations!

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  4. Oh Suzy. I never watch videos when asked on blogs (I'm too impatient) but I'm so, so happy I watched this one. I'm so incredibly happy for you guys. Congratulations, a thousand times over. <3

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    1. Thank you! (I think I'd juuuuuuust barely told you about our struggle with infertility a few days before we found out! Crazy.)

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  5. Wow. wow. WOWWOWWOW!!!
    I want to cry with joy for you!
    I want to smile and say nothing and give you the biggest hug and high-five (?) known to MAN-KIND!

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Seriously.


    God is good.
    Sooo so good.


    Congrats, Suzy.
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    <3

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    1. He really is. :) And THANK YOU. And I will hold you to that hug and high-five thing.

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  6. :) I also have a super private blog for my eyes only.

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    1. They're a very good thing to have. :)

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  7. Amazing...I am rejoicing with you, and so amazed by your faith.

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    1. Thanks so much Brenda! There is so much more to it than I show here (three years is hard to condense into 3:50) and this probably makes me look a lot more faithful than I was most times, but on this side of it I'm so thankful for the experience. :)

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  8. You don't know me. We've never met. I live Ontario actually. I don't remember how I stumbled across this blog, but I've been reading for almost 2 years now. I respect you privacy. I understand when you don't post for a week or two (although I do miss it and always hope for a new post). But I just wanted to say your video is the best ever and just made me cry. This is so exciting and I'm very happy for you. God is good. You don't know me, but I'll be praying for you!

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  9. I CAN"T BELIEVE IT!!!!!!!
    I'm so, so, so, so, so, so happy and excited for you and recalling all of our Skype "meetings" and wishing we had one scheduled now so I could hear this amazing new piece of your story.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. I know!!! I was going to email you and tell you, but then we moved and I got distracted... Poor excuse. But.
      THANK YOU!

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    2. No such thing as a "poor excuse" when you're pregnant. You just say "baby brain" and get away with anything you like. When you do have a second, you just let me know and we'll catch up. Hope you're feeling well!!

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  10. I literally have no words (except the obvious congratulations), but there are tears in my eyes and I want to give you a big bear hug even though I... haven't actually met you? (the internet is weird.)

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    1. Hahahaha, it's ok; I do honestly feel as though we've met before. The internet is SO weird that way.
      Thank you so much!

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  11. Congratulations! Very happy for you :)

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  12. I teared up. I don't do that. Ever.

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  13. Oh Suzy, thank you for allowing us to see a small piece of your journey. My heart broke for you while watching that video and now I feel like I get to share in a little bit of your joy :)

    And also, you look even more beautiful with your baby bump!!

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    1. Aw, thank you thank you Erika! I'm so thankful to be able to share it with so many.

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  14. Cried my eyes out! Sad and happy tears. I'm glad they ended as happy tears. Congrats on this big, scary, awesome, important, next step. xx

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    1. Big, scary, awesome, important. Yep, that about sums it up! :) Thank you!

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  15. suzy, this is the most beautiful video i have ever seen. i am so happy for you. that little bump looks amazing on you. god has a plan and it took me until the day that maddox was born for me to see it. and only a small glimpse of it because you know, humans are mostly blind. you'll see parts of his plan and you'll slap yourself in the forehead and be like, "duh." but anyhow, congratulations. CONGRATULATIONS. i loved this more than words and it is absolutely precious. you're going to be such a spectacular mama. CONGRATULATIONS, SUZY!!!!

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    1. Hahaha, thank you Larissa!!!! I was looking at your family pictures today and getting excited all over again. :)

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  16. i'm so happy for you, suzy :) I wish I was more faithful.. about a lot of things. and I know it's probably not always as black and white as we wish it was, but congratulations on His gift. you deserve it, and many blessings will flow from this new life!

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    1. Thanks Liz. I feel the same way a lot of the time. God will show me something awesome and then two seconds later I'm doubting and being all faithless again. I'm so, so, so thankful for his faithfulness to me even when I'm not to him. You know?

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  17. So I commented on your Instagram, figuring out what might have been the surprise. I'm finally home, watching your video, and I want to cry. Good tears though. I'm so happy for you guys! I wish we could've met in June and I could've rubbed your belly and told you the horror of my labour ;) Anyways you guys are going to be great parents. Maybe we can somehow have kiddo dates...road trip play dates.

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    1. Thanks so much Erin! I agree--but we'll meet someday. Road trip play dates sound sweeeeeet.

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  18. Suzy....your words were absolutely beautiful and absolutely spot on. You nailed it every time. Wow. I can't even think what more to say but am so, so, so thankful I get to be a part of your life and the life of your new little one! Can't wait!

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    1. Thanks Jen. :) I'm so thankful to have been a part of YOUR journey too. God used it in a big way to prepare me for mine. Thanks.

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  19. That was an amazing video! I am so sorry for your struggle but so happy for your journey. You have completely captured in skin and in real life,
    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
    "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
    I am absolutely amazed and so happy for you!
    Blessings!

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    1. Thanks so much!! Amazed and happy--me too!

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  20. i teared up and am now speechless.

    i've read your blog for quite a while now, i have lost count, and from it think you'll be a great, barclay will be great--basically everything will be great and amazing!!

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    1. hahaha, Well, great and amazing would be WONDERFUL. We'll just have to wait and see...
      Thank you so much. :)

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  21. this is AMAZING!!!

    i am so happy for you three and that video--what a video! i might have teared up a lot.

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  22. So so so happy for you Suzy. I am teary-eyed but grinning. So strange but i was recently thinking about you and how i don't even know you outside of your blog and some instagram pictures but that you'd be such a great mom. and you and Barclay would be the kinda parents every kid wanted. Congrats Suzy!!!!

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    1. Aw, thanks so much Shelby! I'm pretty skeptical about my parental abilities--thankfully I have about a billion amazing role models in my life right now, to look up to and ask my thousands of questions... ;)

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  23. I am all tears. That was beautiful. I don't even know you. I found your blog months ago and fell in love with your words and passion. Congrats to you and your Mr. This is such an exciting next chapter for you both.

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    1. Thank you so much for the heartfelt well-wishes, Erin! :D

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  24. Congratulations. SO many congratulations. All these congratulations in the corners of my eyes and one maybe on my cheek.

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  25. Congratulations. SO many congratulations. All these congratulations in the corners of my eyes and one maybe on my cheek.

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  26. Congratulations. SO many congratulations. All these congratulations in the corners of my eyes and one maybe on my cheek.

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  27. Weeeeeeeeping! Congratulations on this incredible news. I am so happy for you and Barclay. I am inspired and your story renews my own faith. Thank you for taking the leap and sharing. Wishing you every good thing.

    Liv xoxoxox

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    1. Thanks so much Liv. :)
      Ps: why don't you blog anymore????

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  28. God has known for a long time that you would be the mother to this blessed child and he has blessed you in so many ways that you don't even know yet. He has chosen you for them, and them for you, and His plan is perfect! Congratulations!

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  29. UGLY CRYING SO HARD RIGHT NOW.

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love you, love this, love that sweet little miracle growing inside of you. God is good, forever and ever, amen.

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  30. What an amazing and touching video! Congratulations! This was the most amazing pregnancy announcement I've ever seen :) So happy for you :)

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  31. What an amazing and touching video! Congratulations! This was the most amazing pregnancy announcement I've ever seen :) So happy for you :)

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  32. Oh man, I am so late to this - but I'm sobbing into my coffee and I just have to tell you how much joy I have in my heart for you.

    It's funny. You and I have never met. I don't even remember when we started following each other's online spaces - it's been a while, though, right? Like, A WHILE. Although, it kind of feels like we always have. And you always - always, always - inspire me. Truly. You always have a kind word, and an authentic heart -- you're a voice that reminds me to never be anything but genuine. And when I watched your beautiful video, it was like I was feeling joy for a dear friend. Tears pouring down my face. I knew nothing about this part of your story, but I am so glad you decided to share it, and in such a heartfelt way. I admire you and I am SO happy for you and I'm praying for you - I really am. You're going to be a good mama.

    Lots of love. xo.

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    1. Thank you SO MUCH, Kelly Ann-- for this beautiful note and for the prayers. You are just so dang sweet.
      It has been a while, hasn't it? Years, anyway. I'm so thankful to have "met" you somehow amidst all the other voices and spaces on the great wide internet. You're one of my favourites!

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  33. Thank you so much for sharing. What wonderful news, and what a beautiful video. Congratulations :)

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  34. I have been a terrible blog-follower and decided today that I needed to get back to reading the ones I follow and maybe even blogging again. I am so glad I started with your blog! I am so happy for you and praying with you as you face the next few months. What an exciting and sometimes scary journey!

    I love the video you put together to make the announcement!

    Lily-thinking thoughts

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  35. Apparently I'm late to the party. That's what I get for ignoring my reader for a few months!!

    Congrats!! I'm so excited for you three!

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  36. Apparently I'm late to the party! That's what I get for ignoring my reader for a few months.

    Huge congratulations!!! I love love love your video. Such a great announcement!

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  37. I am *SO LATE* to this party!! Congrats, Suzy.... I am so, so happy for you!! I loved this video so much, it actually brought tears to my eyes. I've been away for a while, and this was a nice surprise to come back to ;)

    xx, Kara

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    1. Thanks so much Kara! I've missed your blogging--glad you're back. :)

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